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(instrumental music) >> for 63 years the u.s. has been part of the nato alliance, but is nato still an important safeguard for americans or is it simply a money pit? >> the nato relationship is enormously important to us. i think it was winston churchill said something to the affect that the only worst thing than, than going to war with allies is to go to war without allies. >> we're dealing with network global threats and if we don't provide a network global response we're always gonna to be on the back foot. >> what we need is not just nato on the conventional defense side, we need a nato alliance for economic statecraft. >> the problem is that it is an alliance that is largely sustained by american defense spending. (instrumental music) >> in a democracy, agreement is not essential, but participation is. >> never before in our history have we been so interconnected with the rest of the world. >> foreign policy is actually not foreign. >> america has faced great hardship before and each time we have risen to the challenge. >> the ultimate test is to move our society f
nato, and nuclear weapons and deterrence [inaudible] [inaudible] there are corporations from november 2102 agreements, it is a matter of independence. [inaudible] we have been seeking a discussion and i'm not sure that it is already in use, but as you can see, again, we do not close the doors. [inaudible] the situation requires posture of deterrence. .. a pretty high level and one cannot say that it will never constitute for europeans. issues like this is still to be understood with the new security changes. at this point i would say that alliance in the strategic context of shrinking military as far as conventional forces are concerned show that we still need -- you may create instability. to sum up i would say that the political vision today is that the world is not safe enough and will not be for a long time and that is why the french people for right now think we still need the ultimate protection that it presents. it doesn't mean there is no room of course for evolution and again france is willing to meet its commitment of the npt. concerning the question of -- of nato as we desc
's sent us this report. >> the new commander of nato and american forces here says that any understand the president's not callying they may in nato air strikes where there are afghans of billions, afghan homes or villages. he is meeting this afternoon with his afghan counterpart to work out the modalities of implementing this decree on the ground. this is all following an air strike on wednesday leaving 10 afghan civilians dead. there were called in by his own afghan security forces, afghan security forces. these measures were to mitigate civilian casualties and had a number of them last year in 2012. general dunford the protecting civilians is what it is all about. he is working to implement his new presidential decree as he moves forward in his support as tens of thousands of nato forces leave an afghanistan takes the lead in securing the country for the afghan people. >> the u.n. peace envoy to syria has been talking with the arab league in cairo. brahimi talks between the two. but he said he would be willing to meet it with a representative from the regime. live pictures coming in
story we're following as nato allies discuss keeping a training force in afghanistan after the soldiers are scheduled to leave in 2049. the mission is expected to include european allies and non- nato nations. a range of 8 to 12,000 u.s. troops is discussed as a possible number. leon panetta said no specifics were agreed upon. >> i want to make clear that the range of options we were discussing was with regards to the nato force and the nato force consists of both the u.s. presence plus nato contributions. and we didn't define specifics on that. >> president obama has not decided how many troops would remain in afghanistan. officials say he's still reviewing options. >>> now tonight, the department of defense grounded its entire fleet of f-35 war planes due to engine problems. the authorities say a crack was found on a turbine blade during a routine inspection on tuesday. the decision affects fighter planes for the air force, marines and navy. >>> willgoing -- boeing get the dreamliners cleared for takeoff? and staying safe, how to protect your identity when your bangor credit card comp
on security forces from speaking -- seeking nato air support following the death of the 10 people last week. we are amicable with more. nato andw commander of american forces here, general heredunford says he understands hegen. joseph dunford says understands the new policy. he is meeting this afternoon with his afghan counterparts to work out the modalities of victory on the ground. under afghanistan is afghan security force's lead. we have a lot of joint operations going on. this is after an air strike on wednesday left 10 afghan civilians dead. president karzai said it was called in by his arm afghan security forces, his own intelligence forces, and that this is intended to stop those kinds of things from happening. ineral dunford says this is line with what general allen, his predecessor, implemented over one year ago. the general says protecting civilians is what it is all about and he is working with his afghan counterparts to implement this new presidential decree as tens of thousands of nato forces will be leaving afghanistan and the afghans will take the lead in securing the countr
looked at all our nato allies, they are set to reduce their ground forces. i mean, you cannot say that part of our plan is our allies. if their capacity is reducing, we have to be prepared to make sure we can unilaterally do what we need to do to protect ourselves. we have to view that as well as we go forward. >> one last quick follow-up. when you think about the numbers getting too small, the army getting too small, this is will be a question where you say all of the above, but i am curious how would you would at the size, do you think primarily about certain areas? we had a north korean nuclear test this week. we cannot rule out war on the korean peninsula out. their concerns and the president is not inclined toward major interventions. syria, who knows where the conflict is going? there's a potential for a crisis with iran that could begin with air strikes against the nuclear facility, but the enemy gets a say in where the thing ends. there are some areas that are possibility that are hard to roll out definitively. is that how you come up with a number that would be too small,
confusion at the nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. germany said the u.s. defense secretary had said that the u.s. would be keeping up to 12,000 troops in afghanistan. but leon panetta said that was not the case. he said those figures were for the total international contingent, not the u.s. alone. the u.s. is counting on substantial support from its allies, but no firm decisions have yet been taken on which countries will be supplying the soldiers. >> mr. panetta officially asked germany to take on a role in the north. of course germany already is lead nation in the north. >> nato soldiers on the ground will have to wait for a final decision. the many open questions will be addressed at a special summit in june. >> stay with us. when we come back, we will look at italy. italians go to the polls this weekend. we will look at what is at stake and who are the biggest stakeholders. >> could he be back? silvio berlusconi making a lot of people very nervous. >> stay with us. we will be right back. >> welcome back, everyone. as we've heard, the markets have a close eye on those electi
contingent, not those from the u.s. alone. >> other nato countries will contribute as well. >> the u.s. is counting on substantial support from allies. no firm decisions have been taken on which countries will be supplying soldiers. >> leon panetta initially -- officially announced the role in the north. germany is already the lead nation in the north. >> nato soldiers on the ground will have to wait for a final decision. the questions will be addressed at a special summit in june. former minister pledged cooperation with the u.s. following north korea's recent nuclear tests. he met in washington with his counterpart, john kerry, who said north korea's behavior was reckless. other issues included china. they pledged to work together on the middle east. we will continue with this later in the show. first, sports. in germany's soccer, the match was a lackluster affair. the host had their best chances in the second half. the frankfurt defender managed to stop two near misses. the goalkeeper also managed a couple of spectacular saves. the dry leaves frankfurt fourth in the standings. thi
with one of the first military officers assigned to prosecute prisoners there. nato leaders are reportedly considering a plan to continue funding an afghan security force of 352,000 troops for another four years, reversing previous plans to reduce afghan troop levels at the end of 2014. the cost of funding the current number of afghan security forces is roughly $6.5 billion per year, the bulk of its is provided by the united states. a plan backed by nato last year would have reduced the number of afghan security forces by roughly one third, cutting the annual cost down by about $2 billion. but nato officials now appear to be wavering on that plan, saying funding at the current troop levels could continue after foreign combat troops leave next year. nato secretary-general anders rasmussen said no decision has been made but stressed the plan would be economically feasible. >> i felt confident that we will be able to finance afghan security forces of that size. we set the goal to reach the level of 352,000 afghan security forces, soldiers, and police. and the international community has pledg
, a military counterpart to nato and russia's lead role in that. i think that if you consider these organizations the question arises, why do we have so much trouble figuring out china's motivations and russia's motivations, what are behind their stratdpigs -- strategies because russia and china respectively could in these two organizations lead from behind. and have other member organizations affect outcomes of such talks as the six-party talks and other negotiations. i'd like to hear some more thoughts about sisto and the sco, and their members and how that may make it, a better analysis or more difficult to do the analysis in the subject that we're discussing. thank you. >> okay, thank you, leonard. anyone? larry? patrick? joe? >> i know it's going to come out, and counter weight to nato. leonard? >> [inaudible]. >> okay. don't have -- okay. okay. >> this is a very limited reply. you mentioned iran's involvement in this organization and, perhaps that's symbolic of not only does china view north korea as important to it put inchoo also has a stake in iran. iran is of some si
quickly if they're not able continuously-- >> one sort of farther out question, this is n.a.t.o. is that, you know, we are n.a.t.o. and i'm sort of curious, i haven't heard anyone discuss this. whether or not any of this slowed growth is going to impact our ability to contribute and do what we do with n.a.t.o.? because that does have sort of broader implications. >> that's true. it it will. it won't have the fiscal effect that the reduction and the budget will have in afghanistan because an act before. but our n.a.t.o. allies are looking at us and saying, wait a minute. you've been pressuring us for years to increase our defense budget and suddenly show up at the 11th hour taking an ax to yours, what's this about. >> greta: hopefully the president will listen to this tonight and make the decision to make the general-- let the generals move the money around. >> don't cut operations and maintenance training and don't cut your personnel accounts. >> we'll let them move the money to it. >> you've got it. general, nice to see you. >> and republican senator ran paul says he ran to the senate t
for the attack. >>> nato is strongly considering a proposal tonight to keep afghan force at their peak strength of 350,000 until at least 2018. right now, nato plans to cut the force by one-third at the end of next year. nato says the new proposal would guarantee the country stability and illustrate its support after nato allies, including the u.s. and their combat mission in afghanistan in december 2014. jessica? >> thank you, janelle. >>> family and friends said good-bye to a 13-year-old fairfield girl murdered earlier this month. janelle conway was buried this afternoon. meanwhile in solano county court, the man accused of killing her entered his plea. no cameras were allowed as anthony lamar jones made a brief appearance. his public defender pled not guilty to the charge of murder on his behalf with special circumstances which means he is eligible for the death penalty if convicted. conway disappeared january 31st. . her naked body was found the next morning in fairfield. his next court appearance is scheduled for next wednesday. >> two women say they were assaulted near the b.a.r.t. statio
the runway in cleveland, in icy conditions. no injuries were reported. nato defense ministers discussed plans today for keeping 8,000 to 12,000 foreign troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. that's when international combat forces are scheduled to withdraw. those remaining would focus mostly on training afghan units. in brussels, u.s. defense secretary leon panetta said it's unclear how many americans would be part of that longer-term force. >> we want to be able to have the flexibility to look at a range of options that we ought to have for our enduring presence but i want to make very clear that the range of options we were discussing was with regards to the nato force and the nato force consists of both a u.s. presence plus nato contributions. >> sreenivasan: some 66,000 u.s. troops are currently stationed in afghanistan. in egypt, a general strike in the city of port said entered a sixth day, with major new protests. thousands of people rallied in the streets waving signs and chanting slogans demanding that president mohammed morsi step down. they also denounced his call for new elections, be
secretary leon panetta is overseas talking with nato about how the budget cuts could impact allies internationally. >> companies in maryland are plenty concerned that cuts and furloughs in the pentagon may hurt their bottom lines. the howard county chamber of commerce has launched a new venture to build relationships between the defense department of local contractors. sequestration is putting future government projects up in the air. >> 2/3 of our volume comes from the intelligence community. it is a huge impact. we're looking for some certainty. >> most of the companies we spoke to said they don't expect immediate personnel changes, because most projects are already paid for. the future is their main concern. still ahead, i will chat with jilliam michaels. she has a new book out that could keep you slim permanently. baltimore is under consideration as the site of the future as the site of the future olympic games. it's your last chance to get a $200 verizon visa prepaid card with fios internet and phone for business, both with 99.9% network reliability, on an unparalleled fiber n
, where today the war in afghanistan started to end, or these where the constituent countries of nato started the make their commitments today for how much they would commit to that country as our war there starts to end. the headline news out of brussels today was a very terse statement from the pentagon spokesman. it was kind of strange. he was essentially clarifying, hey, whatever you heard from the germans earlier today, that was not true. this is the statement. the reports that the u.s. told allies that we are considering 8,000 to 12,000 u.s. troops after 2014 are not correct. a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops was discussed, but it was discussed as the possible size of the overall nato mission, not the u.s. contribution. ah, important clarification. so the defense minister from germany had apparently told reporters that 8 to 12,000 troops was how many troops america was going to keep in afghanistan. everybody thought that was very big news since that's not what we heard hear at home at all. maybe that is how the german guy understood it, but it is apparently not the way that leon
karzai, says he will ban afghan security forces from calling in nato air support while in residential areas and thousands of protestors have gathered in tunisia's capital in support of the country's ruling ennahda party. rebel fighters in syria are claiming another victory near the city of aleppo, they say they've captured a government base near an international airport, improving their chances of capturing the city. here's our correspondent. >> syrian rebel fighters say they have captured a vital military installation, the 80th regiment air defense complex east of aleppo. its job was to defend aleppo's international airport and air base, less than two kilometers away. seizing the regiment could be decisive to rebels in aleppo and bring them close to their goal of controlling the city. >> we made advances and were able to break the air base's first defense mechanism, which is important because it's the main artery of aleppo. >> according to the rebels, the fight to take over the 80th regiment after they m
nato forces to carry out air strikes on neighborhood areas. he will issue a decree in response that killed 10 civilians last week. afghan forces have requested the air strike during a joint afghan operation that was targeting tal ban forces in the northeastern part of afghanistan. >> eric: the supreme leader of iran insisting his nation has no intention of developing nuclear weapons but he did add if it did wish to build an atomic bomb he claims the united states would not stop it. how close is iran from getting a bomb? is he to be believed? joining us this sunday is former united states ambassador john bolton. good morning. >> good morning. >> eric: do you buy it, you can't stop it? >> in law, it's pleading in the alternative. devil made me do it. that is what he is saying. really, it's very revealing repeating their standard line that their program is peaceful and they don't want nuclear weapons but indicating what is really going on. they feel very confident under current circumstances that they have time. they have faith and going to continue with their program and going to
engulfing syria threatens to spill over into iraq on one side, israel/lebanon on the other and nato ally turkey in the north. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. for syrian civilians the nightmare is here. jihadist fighters funded by u.s. allies, saudi arabia and other persian gulf states are warming into this country. threatening to turn the conflict into a holy war. and syria an incredibly diverse nation of muslims, christians, kurds and many more could totally disintegrate. we met the grand leader of syria today, and staunch ally of assad. he blames his country's suffering on american support for the rebels. the americans, he tell me, live up to your values. in some way the values of the people of damascus aren't that different. they enjoy good food as we did with new friend at lunch downtown. the commuters fight rush hour traffic to get home to their families. look at this place. the merchants hustle to make a buck or a syrian pound. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: in the 1,200-year-old mosque one of the grandest in the word, the people come to find the peace and truth of pray
will be the actually sentence in the case. >>> general john allen will not be the next commander of the u.s. nato forces in europe. he announced he's retiring to care for his wife. his nomination had been put on hold for time because of details with a florida socialite but he was cleared of any wrongdoing. last week he talked with "60 minutes" correspondent lara logan. >> i get the impression sitting here it's not just a job or carrying the next promotion. you're caring this in your heart. >> yes. i almost can't imagine being anywhere else. this is completely consuming to me and i'm dedicated 24 hour as day to the magnificent troops, the after against and the cause. this is very personal to me and i take it very person. >> it's time to show you some of the headlines. they argue how much can be donated. it's the first finance case to go before the court since a controversial decision citizens united ruling in 2010. >>> the "l.a. times" says a student. went on a shooting spree in orange county, california. police say he carjack add drug and shot and wounded three and killed many me. it ended when t
some family health issues rather than go forward with his nomination to be the next nato commander in europe. his wife is coping with some chronic health issues that include an autoimmune disorder. general allen was caught up, that caused david pee pennsylvania petreus. >>> surrounded himself with police and firefighters today while urging lawmakers to avoid $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. the white house wants a solution that including spending cuts and tax increases. but after agreeing to tax increases during the last fiscal cliff negotiations, many republicans are standing their ground this time around. >> let me be very clear and i say this to the president as i say it to you. these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1. taxes are off the table. >> believing it would force them to reach a budget deal, congress created this deadline. but lawmakers are on vacation this week and will have a few days to come to a deal when they get back to capitol hill. >> let's go back live to prince georges county police headquarters where a news conference is underway in th
for that post. secretary panetta, not chuck hagel, will be attending a nato meeting in brussels next week to talk about the future of afghanistan, among other things. i want to bring in general wesley clark, general clark ran for president in 2004 as a democrat, he's become a friend of the weekend broadcast here on msnbc. let's start with hagel. how will our nato allies, how will they react or will there be any reaction at all when leon panetta shows up for the meeting in brussels and not chuck haguele? >> i think they understand what the american political system looks like. they understand. every one of the nato allies has his own political problems at home. imagine an alliance with 26 members and every one of them has an election, there's an election every two or three, four years in every country so there's always an election, there's always turnover. the united states is the major power behind nato, the major military power, but chuck hagel is a known entity. people in europe know him, they respect him, they like him, and they'll wait for him. >> have you been surprised at all by the
and 59 years old, four star marine corps general who was going to take over nato as the supreme commander in europe. but suddenly resigned, rosen and rosen knows why. go. >> right. he was being investigated over the e-mails he exchanged with jill kelly, who is the tampa socialite who was allegedly threatened by paula broadwell, the mistress of general petraeus. that investigation cleared general allen of any wrongdoing, but then he abruptly decided to retire instead of getting renominated by the president. our sources, our pentagon unit tells us the reason for is not the health reasons that were cited on the part of general allen's wife in his statement, but rather that these e-mails probably would have been dredged up bay confirmation hearing for the post at nato that you mentioned, and that our sources say that they were the equivalent for e-mail of phone sex, not the kind of e-mails you would want your wife to see. so they wouldn't survive what we call the jumbo tron test. >> bill: okay. that makes sense. he doesn't want to harm his wife and family. that's what happens. all right. gent
our partners, except right now for france, if you look at all our nato allies, they're significantly reducing their ground forces, so i mean, so part of our -- so you can't is a part of our plan is our allies will do this. if their capacity is reducing, we have to be prepared to make sure we can unilaterally do what we need to do to protect ourselves, so we have to view that as well as we go forward. >> i guess i do have one last quick followup and i will i promise go to you. when you think about the numbers getting too small, the army getting too small, and again, this is probably going to be a question where you say all of the above, but i'm curious how you would emphasize, do you think primarily about certain scenarios? we had a north korean nuclear test this week, even though no one expects or hopes for war on the korean peninsula, we can't rule it out. there are obviously concerns that even though the president isxd not inclined toward major intervenes in syria rights now, who knows where that conflict is going. there's the potential for a crisis with iran that could begin with
hagel until it returns to work on february the 25th. now, we know that nato commanders are meeting in brussels this week for an important meeting about the future of afghanistan and we will not have the future secretary of state for defense present. >> and that's a sincere frustration for administration officials, one of whom told me earlier today chuck hagel as was indicated by john mccain even yesterday on "meet the press" who said he wouldn't hold up his nomination any further, meaning that it could happen as early as next week, likely tuesday white house officials believe that that cloture vote would take place, that's the last procedural hurdle that would have to be cleared for hagel to be confirmed. their frustration is he is not going to be there later this week, hagel won't be, meeting with some of america's top allies as the foreign ministers meet at this nato gathering in brussels, and as he is the guy who is going to be implementing the president's policies on afghanistan in particular, their frustration is he won't be part of the conversation. >> frustrating and embarra
u.s. commander in afghanistan is going to retire, instead of becoming the overall nato commander in europe. president obama announced today that marine general john allen will end his military career. allen's nomination for the nato post was put on hold last fall, amid questions about e-mail exchanges with a woman in florida. the general was cleared of all wrongdoing, but he said today he needs to focus on his wife's health problems. the president stepped up his attack on republicans today in the face of a looming deficit deadline. the so-called "sequester," $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, is set to take effect less than two weeks from now, on march 1. the president charged republicans' unwillingness to raise taxes is preventing a deal, and, he said, hundreds of thousands of public employees could be out of work, if the sequester takes place. >> this is not an expression: people will lose their jobs. the unemployment rate might tick up again. that's why democrats, business leaders and economists, they've already said that these cuts-- known here in washington as sequestra
military posture the u.s. agrees to keep in after 2014, and that will effect what nato agrees to do, are the non-u.s. part of nato i think will have a big effect what happens in afghanistan in terms of this question. we should be able to preclude that if that's what we're determined to do. >> rose: finally, are you suggesting that you think that the conflict in syria could be prolonged. that there is no imminent end result likely to happen unless somebody from his own side decides to assassinate assad. >> i think in the conflict continues as it's going and i've heard experts talk about this that it's possible the state may fragment in some sort of bosnia like way that there will be sunni communities and kurdish communities. it will be like syria several years ago several pockets supported by different outside interests and iran will support the assad al wite factions and sunni will support the sunni parts and syria may sort of cease to exist as a functioning kind of entity. and so i think that recognition and the possibility that islamic extremists may come to exercise outside po
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